More than 1 in 5 CSU students is First Generation

A CSU First Generation student is one whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree.

CSU Selected as First Forward Institution!

After a competitive application process, The Center for First-Generation Student Success selected CSU to be a part of the inaugural cohort of First Forward, the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.

We know that celebrating First Generation students isn’t enough. The mission of the First Generation University Initiative is to help them succeed.

When our First Generation students succeed We Succeed


For some First Generation students, attending and graduating from CSU is more than the standard achievement. It's a chance for a better life.

It's higher lifetime earnings

It's lower unemployment

It's a landmark moment in their story

We’re committed to First Generation students, providing them with support and guidance that address their unique needs.